I think we’re going to see far too much of this gentlemen over the next four years.
Meet Sayyed Abdulla Al-A’ali who was a municipal councilor for the Central governate the last time around, and he successfully tried his luck this time around continuing his ride on Al-Wefaq’s coat-tails and got elected with a good margin too: 67%, so two thirds of his constituents either bought his spiel, or believed in Al-Wefaq’s manifesto, or just followed Scholastic orders and voted him in anyway.
Would they still have elected him after the gems he spewed in the GDN this morning? Here’s a selection – which I am hoping against hope is not the official line of his party, but thought jihad (aka humungously sustained brainfart) on his part:
Gem #1: wants to pass a law that would ban Bahraini women from appearing in advertisements wearing revealing clothes
Gem #2: He also wants to pass a legislation to keep them out of â€œmale-orientated jobsâ€
Gem #3: he wants to reduce the retirement age for women and improve their pensions because he believes they should not work as long as men
Gem #4: â€œThe problem is that womenâ€™s retirement age is 55, while it is 60 for men,â€ he said. â€œMany women canâ€™t work until that age.
Gem #5: Mr Al Aâ€™ali claimed poor planning of the jobs market had left women doing â€œmenâ€™s jobsâ€
Gem #6: â€œThis is an Islamic country and it is a disaster if Bahraini girls are forced to work as dolls,â€
Gem #7: He criticised living standards in Bahrain, which he described as â€œone of the richest countriesâ€
Gem #8: He said another problem existed between government salaries, which he described as high, and low private sector salaries. â€œIf salaries paid by companies are government subsidised then things would certainly be better.â€
I’m not going to bother to comment on his gems, they’re just too valuables and should be covered, coveted and hence should stay at home – his brain, but I would like to profusely thank Mohammed Al-A’ali (I hope no relation) the GDN reporter for such a laugh!
Therefore, let me congratulate the good Sayyed on receiving the very first TWITBTHIFD prize!